The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts transforms a Beverly Hills city block into a vibrant cultural destination with two distinct building: a historic renovated post office and a new theater.
The existing space within the post office was re-imagined into the intimate 150-seat Lovelace Studio Theater, which features retractable seating and allows for flexible programming. The theater's isolated roof assemblies deter noise build up while maintaining the building's historic character. There is also a café and gift shop.
Building height restrictions posed a unique challenge to this project, causing the stage house to level below grade. This is just one example of how sound isolation was a key component in this project-the sounds from the elevators, rooftop air units and busy city streets were all addressed. Our consultants also worked to ensure the center would be able to host many different types of performances. WE installed adjustable acoustic drapes for sound control and acoustically transparent wood slats for visual effect.